JUST and ONLY can be confusing because in some cases they have the same meaning and usage, but in other cases they are totally different. For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at the difference between JUST and ONLY and how to use them in English conversation and writing.
Here are the example sentences:
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Just & Only:
- I just had coffee for breakfast, so I’m really hungry.
- I only had coffee for breakfast, so I’m really hungry.
- I just need 20 minutes more to finish this report.
- I only need 20 minutes more to finish this report.
- That pen costs just $1? I’ll take two please!
- That pen costs only $1? I’ll take two please!
- I just woke up, so I’m still sleepy.
- I just heard about your accident. Are you ok?
- I’m not hungry because I just ate lunch.
- This is the only computer I own.
- He took my only pen, now I have to buy one.
- Jack is an only child.
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